OKLAHOMA CITY — Regardless of getting further time, Russell Westbrook could not prolong his document triple-double streak on Friday, falling two assists brief within the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s 148-147 double-overtime win over the Utah Jazz.
Westbrook completed with 43 factors, 15 rebounds and eight assists in 43 minutes, ending his streak at 11 straight video games with a triple-double. The earlier document was held by Wilt Chamberlain with 9 in a row, set in 1968. Twice throughout the 2016-17 season Westbrook had flirted with breaking Chamberlain’s mark however fell brief with seven straight.
“Actually, man, I am simply very grateful, blessed, give all of the because of the person above to have the ability to exit and compete,” Westbrook stated. “And that is all I do every evening, and no matter comes with it, comes with it.”
Russell Westbrook could not decide up the 2 assists he wanted to finish a triple-double Friday evening earlier than fouling out on a cost with a minute left within the first additional time. AP Picture/Sue Ogrocki
Westbrook has 5 profession 40-point, 15-rebound video games, second most amongst guards in NBA historical past. Solely Oscar Robertson has extra with 9.
Westbrook had solely 4 assists going into the fourth quarter however picked up 4 within the remaining body, and with the sport going to additional time, it appeared like he would prolong his streak. Nonetheless, Westbrook could not gather two extra assists earlier than ultimately fouling out on a cost with a minute left within the first additional time.
With out Westbrook, the Thunder rallied behind MVP candidate Paul George, who completed with 45 factors (17-of-31 capturing), 9 rebounds and 7 assists and hit the sport winner with zero.eight seconds left within the second additional time, a rainbow floater over the outstretched arms of Rudy Gobert.
“Needed to get it up there,” George stated. “It is a shot that I work on. Simply thank God it went in.”
Westbrook had his personal likelihood to win it on the buzzer in regulation, however he missed a jumper extensive left. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell had his alternative within the first additional time, lacking a pull-up three for the win on the buzzer.
However after Mitchell missed a layup with 17 seconds remaining within the second additional time and teammate Joe Ingles clanged a desperation three on the finish of the shot clock off the backboard following an offensive rebound, Thunder coach Billy Donovan elected to not name timeout after George corralled the rebound. With Westbrook on the bench, it was fairly apparent what the Thunder wished to do, however George break up two defenders and lobbed a teardrop.
“Robust shot,” Westbrook stated. “Over Gobert, massive play, man. Huge gamers make massive performs. Clearly, he is been making all of them yr lengthy, and tonight was a kind of nights the place he made one other massive play.”
The Jazz tried to show Westbrook right into a scorer greater than a distributor, going below screens and attempting to funnel him into the shot-blocking Gobert. Westbrook scored 20 within the first half and 22 within the second. Finally, George bought unfastened with 17 within the fourth quarter as Westbrook set him up for a flurry of jumpers.
Westbrook and George scored or assisted on 117 out of the Thunder’s 148 factors, together with 25 of the ultimate 27 within the remaining 7:50 of the fourth quarter to power additional time.
Throughout Westbrook’s triple-double streak, the Thunder went 9-2.
Westbrook has 24 triple-doubles on the season and is on monitor to common a triple-double for the third consecutive season.